Top 10 Sources of Sodium in the American Diet

  1. Top 10 Sources of Sodium in the American DietBreads and rolls
  2. Cold cuts/cured meats
  3. Pizza
  4. Poultry
  5. Soup
  6. Sandwiches
  7. Cheese Pasta dishes
  8. Meat dishes
  9. Snacks (like chips and pretzels)

In a study of the sources of sodium in the American diet, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states the number one salty culprit is bread. It is not so much that bread is high in salt as that we eat so much of it. A slice of bread can range from 80 to 230 milligrams of sodium. When multiple slices are eaten, the milligrams of sodium add up. As a frame of reference, one ounce of potato chips ranges from 50 to 200 milligrams of sodium.

Salt is a sneaky ingredient, ending up in many food products that do not taste salty. Americans’ average daily sodium consumption is 3,300 mg. Intake of sodium is far greater if meals are frequently eaten in restaurants. People over 50 are urged to eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium; the same ceiling applies to people with high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease as well as to African Americans.

From Tufts Health and Nutrition Newsletter, Feb. 17, 2012

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